Events by location: Center for Jewish History

This event celebrates the publication of Against the Grain, Jewish Intellectuals in Hard Times, a volume that reveals how Jewish intellectuals from German-speaking Europe reacted to the multiple crises of the 20th century.

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Jonathan Kirsch and his son Adam discuss the new book The Short, Strange Life of Herschel Grynszpan and reexamine the historical details and moral dimensions of one of World War II’s most enigmatic cases.

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When the Nazis invaded France and the Low Countries, tens of thousands of Jewish refugees from all over Europe poured into neutral Portugal. This symposium will tell their stories and that of the Portuguese Consul-General in Bordeaux, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who disobeyed orders and issued an estimated 30,000 visas to Jewish refugees.

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Born in Manhattan and raised in East Berlin, Irene Runge reflects in her new memoir on how the diversity and urbanity of Jewish life in her native city helped form her sense of Jewish identity and community in Berlin, before and after the fall of the wall.

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Renowned historian Fritz Stern and author Elisabeth Sifton present their book on two of the Nazi regime’s most courageous and admirable opponents: the pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his close friend and brother-in-law Hans von Dohnanyi.

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The Chelsea Music Festival returns to LBI with an evening of music devoted to the Mendelssohn siblings that focuses on their music and their unique friendship as reflected in their letters.

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Cantor Schmuel Barzilai

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The Austrian Cultural Forum, in collaboration with the Leo Baeck Institute, is pleased to present the Chief Cantor of the Viennese Jewish Community, Shmuel Barzilai, in recital with pianist Daniel Gildar.

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AJHS, ASF, LBI and YIVO will be selling duplicate copies of books from their library collections, including memoirs, biographies, World War II, the Science of Judaism, collected works, academic studies, literature, art and photography.

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YIVO and LBI present a concert of masterpieces by Jewish composers who were influenced by German musical culture: Mendelssohn, Mahler, Kurt Weill, Schoenberg, Louis Lewandowski, Anton Rubinstein, Joel Engel, Paul Ben Haim and Tzvi Avni.

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Professor Julius H. Schoeps will introduce a new English edition of the classic book Jews in Berlin, and Anne Nelson will discuss an edition of essays by Kurt Tucholsky, in English for the first time.

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